Our Correspondent
Kohima | October 23


Minister for home Y. Patton on Thursday said All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) is a platform for the college students’ communities, which represents the young minds of the society. He said the Union also bears big responsibilities to play a positive role in shaping our future society.


Addressing the inaugural function of the 17th biennial general conference of ANCSU held under the theme “Excel beyond boundary” at Indira Gandhi Stadium here, he said that over the years ANCSU has been striving on so many issues relating to the problems faced by the college students. He said it is worth noting that the union has achieved on many fronts in its endeavours for the welfare of the college students in the State.


The home minister regretted that the Naga society is becoming a sick society. “We have lost many traits of life which our forefathers and ancestors have inherited during their period of time. Our ancestors were hard working, sincere and honest and were serious in their pursuit despite of lack of modern facilities that we have today. Instead of making best use of the availability of the modern technological facilities and amenities, the present day generation is abusing all these opportunities and taking life more casually. Our work culture which we have inherited from our ancestors is fast diminishing and we are adopting an alien culture of going easy way of life thus resulting in corruption.”


In this, Patton urged the youngsters to rise up to the occasion and look for a better change in the existing system of our society. “Lest our society will be totally ruined sooner or later and we all will be equally responsible.”


He also stated that the Naga society now is in the grip of serious unemployment crisis. “The state as we all know is unproductive and the survival of our society solely depends on salary,” he pointed out. He maintained that Naga society depends for everything on the Central government. Most of the Naga students after obtaining higher degrees in education from outside the state come back home to hunt for white collar job, he said. However, he added, the state government is no longer in a position to provide job to all the educated Naga students as the employment opportunities in the government sector has reached saturation.


The minister said it is the bounden duty of the younger generations to venture out and compete with the rest of the country. “You have to take a bold step and aim higher to go beyond the boundary and bring home new and dynamic ideas capable of transforming the mindset of our present society which thinks that the government is the sole provider of jobs,” Patton said. He urged the students to put head and hands together to venture into a new horizon where the future generation will be productive, self-supportive having capability of even creating jobs for the less educated people.


“This will in turn build economical balances in the society so that the society co-exists together in harmony to herald a new era of hope,” he said.


As a college student, he said, it is the prime time in their life to decide or to choose their dreams and pursue it with determination “so that you will have a bright future.”


“It is the best opportune time in your life to cultivate leadership quality as we view student leaders as important partners in providing solutions to the immense social challenges being faced by our society,” he said.


He hoped that the student leaders understand the contradictions of our changing society and to address those contradictions with broad mind. Referring to the advent of modern technologies, he said the advancement will not wait for us but it is our responsibility to catch up with the changing world.


Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) president Subenthung Kithan shared greetings while ANCSU president Tsukjem Longkumer delivered presidential address.


Organizing committee convenor Kelhouneizo Yhome gave conference remarks. The function was chaired by ANCSU former speaker Kezhazer Angami.


The programme was followed by academic session 1- sponsored by Nagaland Contractors’ & Suppliers Union (NCSU) and essay writing competition.


Later, academic session II on the conference theme took place with Alemtemshi Jamir, IAS (Retd), former chief secretary as resource person and Kesosul Christopher Ltu as moderator.